Christopher R. Wronski

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Dr. Christopher R. Wronski is an electrical engineer, now Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University, noted for his pioneering research in photovoltaic cells including discovery of amorphous silicon solar cell and the Staebler–Wronski effect.

Dr. Wronski received his Ph.D. in Physics from Imperial College, London in 1963, and subsequently worked at the Exxon Research and Engineering Company and RCA Laboratories. Together with David E. Carlson, he received the 1984 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award "for crucial contributions to the use of amorphous silicon in low-cost, high-performance photovoltaic solar cells." He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1990 "for contributions to the understanding and application of hydrogenated amorphous silicon-based materials", and received the 2000 William R. Cherry award from the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference.

Selected works[edit]

  • Wronski, C. R. M., Ph.D. Dissertation, Imperial College, Univ. London (1963).
  • Wronski, C. R. M., "The Size Dependence of the Melting Point of Small Particles of Tin", Br. J. appl. Phys. 18, 1731–1737 (1967)
  • Carlson, D.E. and Wronski, C.R., "Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells", Appl. Phys. Lett. 28, 671-673. (1976)
  • D.L. Staebler and C.R. Wronski, Appl. Phys. Lett. 31, 292 (1977)